module specification

SP5053 - Biomechanics of Human Movement (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Biomechanics of Human Movement
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
6 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
114 hours Guided independent study
30 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Practical written report (1500 words)
Unseen Examination 50%   Written examination (60 minutes)
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Thursday Afternoon

Module summary

This module focuses on understanding the principles of human movement in terms of anatomy and biomechanics. In addition the module provides examples of the application of this knowledge to performance analysis, the development of sporting excellence, and injury prevention. A tutorial programme explores in more detail some of the numerical methods which support biomechanical analysis.

This module aims to provide an understanding of human movement and its control in terms of biomechanical and anatomical principles; illustrate how this knowledge may be applied to the analysis and development of human performance, and the prevention and treatment of injuries.

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Education Qualifications.

Prior learning requirements

Prerequisite SP4063
Available for Study Abroad? NO


Movement of inanimate objects: linear and rotation movements and their explanation in terms of forces and torques (LO3, LO4)
Forces involved in selected athletic movements; movement description: principles and techniques (LO1, LO2, LO3)
Projectile motion, impact, elasticity; spin. (LO1, LO2) (LO3)
Static posture and gait analysis:  description of relevant movements, muscles and forces; differences between walking and running (LO1, LO2, LO3)
Fluid mechanics: fluid resistance; drag; relative motion; flotation, particular reference to swimming. (LO2)
Practical applications of biomechanical to specific sports or dance: quantitative and qualitative analysis; use of video; identifying, evaluating and correcting faults in technique. (LO1, LO3)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

Knowledge of the subject matter will be communicated through lectures (24 hours) and tutorials (12 hours). Appropriate supporting materials will be provided for these class sessions, together with a wider range of web-based learning resources and other student-centred learning opportunities (114 hours). Tutorials will be used to develop the numerical methods used in biomechanics. Self-managed time and private study should be distributed over the whole semester and not left until the final weeks.

Learning outcomes

LO 1: Apply underlying mechanical principles and a knowledge of anatomy to the explanation of human movement
LO 2: Apply biomechanical principles to real-world clinical and biomechanical research
LO 3: Demonstrate basic understanding of human and object kinetics and kinematics
LO 4: Demonstrate basic understanding of linear and rotational biomechanical principles and Newtonian mechanics

Assessment strategy

Practical written report of 1500 words showing an understanding of biomechanical concepts and interpretation and recommendations based on theoretical results. This will either be a lab report from a biomechanical investigation, or a review of a particular aspect of biomechanics (LO, 1, 2)

Examination: A 1 hour examination covering the lecture content and the numerical methods. The exam is a combination of short and medium length questions, with a mixture of qualitative and quantitative topics. (LO 3, 4)